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    WHODATINCA's Avatar

    Being held hostage again.

    The level of disconnect from reality blows my mind.

    They say they believe in the Constitution, but are all good with shutting down the government. Last time I checked the Constitution gave the framework FOR OUR GOVERNMENT *and* MOST ASSUREDLY ASSUMED THAT WE WOULD HAVE ONE.

    As I write that I just shake my head in amazement -- especially when I remember that these same Tea Party "Constitutionalists" who say they want to stop incurring more debt -- are the same f*cks who just cost our country $24 billion dollars and reduced projected fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.

    Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor's | TIME.com

    Seriously, we need to start calling Republican precincts in red states prior to elections and ask them if they want more of the same. Because, really the repercussions are dire when you take into consideration how apathetic the voting public already is and how completely idiotic we look to our trading partners, and even our enemies, around the world.
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    Posted 10-18-2013 at 10:17 PM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Being held hostage again.

    Yep, that's more than NASA, and several other large government programs get each year. And they claim to be for cutting government costs.

    What a scam--and southerners continue voting for these clowns for ridiculous reasons, while they get elected and then screw them economically.

    Almost every southern governor, including mine, turned down the medicaid funds, for the poor, and that would aid hospitals in not getting "stiffed" for the bill for indigent care. This affected about 670,000 in Alabama alone.

    Then, insult to injury, Bentley gets a hernia operation on the government's insurance dime, in the last week.
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    Posted 10-18-2013 at 09:37 AM by mike27 mike27 is offline
  3. Old Comment
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    Being held hostage again.

    $24 billion is what Ted Cruz and The Tea Party have cost this country.

    This number is according to an estimate from Standard & Poor who said the shutdown, which ended with a deal late Wednesday night after 16 days, took $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, and reduced projected fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.

    Read more: Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor's | TIME.com
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    Posted 10-18-2013 at 01:30 AM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Being held hostage again.

    Thank you, Mike27 and I couldn't agree more. It's scary that Mornin' Joe and Rove are now center-right.

    Check this out -- when the Dems (who are also just corporate shills -- it's just that on some issues they are slighty less craven than the bat-**** crazy f*cks the Republican Tea party has turned into ) -- so -- when Obama and the Dems said "Hell No" to all their demands about shutting down Obamacare -- GET THIS: David Vitter, (R) Senator from Louisiana actually wanted to pass a law denying health insurance coverage to the President and Vice-President.

    Can you believe we are paying these fu*ks?!?!?! Jesus. <head banging continues>
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    Posted 10-16-2013 at 11:38 PM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    @ Oak -- Dude you are funny. Apparently, you aren't finished. Obviously, your sources of information are poor -- which impacts the conclusions you draw.

    "...these are not laws to save lives but more to make the expense of Health Care less while never addressing the true costs associated with that care."

    You and Xan are mistaken about the ACA only attempting to address costs. See the report and testimony before Congress -- where the report finds: "Uninsured individuals experience much more risk to their health than insured individuals. In its 2009 report 'America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care', the Institute of Medicine points to a chasm between the health care needs of people without health insurance and access to effective health care services. This gap results in needless illness, suffering, and even death."

    America's Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care - Institute of Medicine

    I doubt you will read the report. But, anyway, there it is.
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    Posted 10-16-2013 at 02:10 PM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    And impotent rage shows it's face. I said nothing insulting or derogatory, I just informed you I was finished.
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    Posted 10-16-2013 at 01:41 PM by TheOak TheOak is offline
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    Being held hostage again.

    "Obama Phones," uh-oh, someone is watching FAKE News.

    Watch MSNBC--it's still right-wing, but much closer to the center, and relatively honest. There is that Scarborough guy, who was once a radical right-winger, that I hated. It's a sad world, where Scar and Rove are now the voices of reason.

    All corporate media is intrinsically right-wing. It's why we never see anything about shutting down the some-odd 800 military bases that cost a fortune to maintain, with their golf courses and officer's clubs. We never hear how it's maintaining the massive DOD and now another DHS budgets. We don't hear how globilization created massive unemployment in this country, and how we lost a tremendous amount of tax income at the same time, because the jobs are no longer here, and thus, no longer pay federal, state, sales, gas, property, utility, social security, and many other little nickle and dime taxes Republicans have tagged everything we pay, to make up for all the tax breaks they've given to millionaires.
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    Posted 10-16-2013 at 11:11 AM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Being held hostage again.

    "Boner" actually agreed on a news show this week, that he had come to an agreement with the president on the negotiated $986 Billion in spending. He went back on his word, and has been spineless.

    Next time you need to pay your credit card bill, call up Chase, or Bank of America, or whatever your company is--tell them "Hey, I'm not going to pay my bill, unless you take that charge off, for the television my wife bought." See what that gets you.

    I can tell you--it'll get you a higher rate, a huge late-payment fee of $40, and that is what we're going to get by a minority in Congress trying to take our government hostage.

    Oh yea, by the way, 1.5 MILLION more people voted for Democrats in House races in 2012--the only reason Republicans have ANY power is they stole it with gerrymandering of districts, tossing all the democrats into the same one, and distributing republicans where they could win all of the surrounding ones, in several States ALEC controls.
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    Posted 10-16-2013 at 11:06 AM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    The Road Gets Tougher

    Hilarious photo with Cutler, love that.
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    Posted 10-16-2013 at 09:54 AM by Mardigras9 Mardigras9 is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    @Oak - Your arguments were incomprehensible and almost entirely without substance. It was difficult to take you seriously. So, it's all good.
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    Posted 10-15-2013 at 11:17 PM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    WHODATINCA - I am done answering your questions, i dont have time for games or biased symantics... Simply based on the fact that you asked me if I read the law and Congress voted on this law with out having ample time to read.

    Nancy Pelosi ~ "You have to pass the law to find out what is in it."

    Xan - The 10th Amendment does protect states rights and prevent one State from having to abide by another States laws... The Federal Government sidesteps the 10th by making the law Federal after modeling it after a State in most cases, therefor it actually makes 49 states conform to 1 State's law.. No? Massachusetts in this case.

    As far as for the privileged exclusivity of being American... I was always under the assumption that, that such privilege extended to my Representatives having ample time to vet Bills they vote on before voting. Again.. both parties do covert ops in the middle of the night and people keep voting for them.

    To the best of my knowledge; no Ive not tried to operate a Nuclear Facility. I would prefer however that a dozen more be opened so we can start being able to cleanly charge electric vehicles that are presently being charged with coal powered electricity.

    The exchanges are competition but its a competition where you are forced to make a choice other than "No thank you"... Similar to forcing all Americans to buy a vehicle from an Auto manufacturer that participated in the bailout even if they do not need a vehicle. (Light Bulb) Why don't we force all Americans to do just that and alleviate the public and Government from the costs of Public transportation? You can drive what ever you want as long as it was from a bailout manufacturer and you are driving.... Not necessarily Apples to Oranges if you happen to be a member of a family that has a surgeon and a GP.. They still have to have insurance and are not allowed to opt out of all but emergency room needs.

    This whole discussion is based on the legislation of subjective morality, and that is where it comes to an end for me. As you pointed out, these are not laws to save lives but more to make the expense of Health Care less while never addressing the true costs associated with that care. Furthermore, flooding an already burdened Health Care system is not a pathway to better care, and there is zero in the AFA to address quality.
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    Posted 10-14-2013 at 02:29 PM by TheOak TheOak is offline
  12. Old Comment
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    "I am objecting to a tax for merely living with no option out other than death."

    I believe that many to most taxes are no-opt out until death.

    "Government interference that creates a list of rules so granular that no one person can possibly know them all."

    Outside of stop signs, most laws qualify here. Have you read the law, at all? Talk about labyrinthine.

    "I am objecting to Government breeding a nation of idiots"
    So how come the conservatives want to cut funding for education and other programs like Head Start?

    "...that no longer read the fine print on anything..."
    Again, the question about education funding...

    "I am objecting to the Government attempting to remove the risk aspect of risk/reward and thus lowering the possible reward."

    Again, stop signs, Homeland Security and the CDC arguably attempt to remove some risk while lowering the possible reward. Guess it depends on which reward you are looking for.

    I wonder how the shutdown is affecting Homeland Security and their contractors. I imagine another terrorist attack while the government is de-funded would enlarge that -22 point deficit (in the polls) the conservatives are experiencing.
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    Posted 10-14-2013 at 01:48 PM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    You were right, I had it backwards. It exempts the 5% of firms over 50 employees from going on the exchanges. But, guess what, still a negligible change, affecting 300,000 people (less than 0.1% of beneficiaries). Firms who currently offer must still do so. It does not prevent those not covered by the exemption to seek coverage on the exchanges. Even Rand said this was a tempest in a dollhouse teapot.

    I was confused with another provision on mandated benefits with ERISA and it's corresponding impact by the ACA. I am certainly not going to argue that this law is complex.

    You can avoid the tax by being poor. In fact, you'll get a subsidy to get insurance. The intent is that these people will now stop using the emergency room (the highest cost point of contact) and use the primary care system (the lowest cost point of contact). We can only hope that will transpire.

    Isn't it a privilege to be an American? I kinda thought it is an exclusive club, where it means something to be a member. That we behave, treat each other respect and exact that last measure of devotion to the ideals. That we enjoy the benefits of equal protection, fairness and obligation to the society in which we live.

    I'm certain that you can't argue that for the 100 million Americans and their families who work hard and play by the rules that the American society exists only to extract from them, not provide any benefit to them. No nation has a population entirely of supreme intellects. Information is not perfect. That life is complicated should not be a shock to anyone, and to expect every citizen to know everything about every idea is unrealistic. The reason why representative governments are formed is to organize and prioritize on a large scale for the benefit of the citizens, not for profiting off them. Protecting the weakest or those who cannot defend themselves is implicit. This is why prohibitions on fraud, theft and murder are the cornerstone of any society. The problem is that as society gets more complicated, the crimes do as well. For many who study it, our healthcare system is a crime, a very sophisticated multilevel marketing crime syndicate. Any governor dedicated to equity would try to fix this.

    Obviously you've never tried to argue a variance from your municipality if you think the healthcare laws are granular...Or get a drug approved, or operate a nuclear facility.

    The exchanges are exactly the definition of competition, and I'm an economist, so I think I can tell competition from uncompetitive situations.

    As to the interstate portion, I agree. However, the States have the right to regulate insurance carriers in their states, and the other states do not have to abide by those regulations. The 10th amendment keeps the Federal government from requiring one state to abide by another state's laws. It is the insurer's obligation to abide by the local laws. The exchanges operate like NASDAQ, where any business in any state can list their products. The Feds can only tax and enforce Fed laws, they can't ask the state to do the Fed's work. If you wanted interstate, you'd have to ask for single payer - like Medicare or Medicaid. And I will stipulate that this is a bit oversimplified.
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    Posted 10-14-2013 at 01:32 PM by xan xan is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    Xan,

    1) Its 50 or more employees (period).

    1st paragraph Page 1.
    http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand...RAND_RR411.pdf

    1st paragraph
    ObamaCare Employer Mandate

    I can find no reference to 'tweeners', please provide.

    2) I am objecting to a tax for merely living with no option out other than death. I am objecting to Government interference that creates a list of rules so granular that no one person can possibly know them all. I am objecting to Government breeding a nation of idiots that no longer read the fine print on anything they execute assuming they have protection. I am objecting to the Government attempting to remove the risk aspect of risk/reward and thus lowering the possible reward.

    The exchanges you reference are elective participation, not mandated participation.

    There is but only one way to truly drive down costs with minimal effect on product value and that is competition.

    Federal healthcare exchanges are ok but interstate competition is taboo?
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    Posted 10-14-2013 at 12:33 PM by TheOak TheOak is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    sorry, my bad. I guess I have to refresh my reading for comprehension skills.
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    Posted 10-14-2013 at 06:45 AM by xan xan is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    Xan,

    Oak is the one with the states rights sentiment -- not me.

    WHODATINCA
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    Posted 10-13-2013 at 09:34 PM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    Oak -

    1) the piece of the Employer Mandate that was delayed was only for firms less than 50 employees but more than 15. It is because some of the rules were not hammered out to make the exchanges work. It affects very few firms. That special "class" of firm was created by lobbyists for special treatment, so paradigms needed to be created. It doesn't mean that the 99% of the rest of the mandate is useless or invalid.

    2) Are you objecting to this particular Government mandate or any of the literally millions of other municipal, county/parish/state or federal mandates that are used to govern commerce? As it relates to the market for insurance, are you saying that creating and regulating an open access, high disclosure level exchange of financial products is a bad thing? Are you against the NYSE or NASDAQ or the CBOT? Are you suggesting that these exchanges are perfect or that they are not free markets?

    3) I guess time will tell.

    As for enrollment, one does not have to enroll until december 15. The exhanges only came online October 1. No one expected (based on observed human shopping behaviors) that the rate of enrollment would be constant over the period. Like anything in life, if we can wait, we will. Although I suspect that most will be signed up by the beginning of december to avoid the rush. Still got almost 50 days.

    WHODATINCA -

    I appreciate the "states rights" sentiment. Allowing local jurisdictions to self govern is a desirable goal. The tough part is that the political borders are mostly artificial. That makes the "equal protection" aspect of the universal law somewhat of a superseding concept. As for your notes on the 10th and second amendments, many laws have been passed and tested in the courts on both, and it is rare that one has been held unconstitutional. Gun laws abound in every state and on a federal level and are constitutional, and states have been hard pressed to define a "power" that is not delineated in the Constitution. Just like world business is now a "global" concept, many foundational US laws not delineated in the constitution are transcending states' borders. The courts have been involved increasingly so that jurisdictions don't codify discriminatory and preferential laws. It will be interesting to see where the Roberts Court goes with this, as they have teetered recently.

    BTW, liberals are just as much in favor of gun possession as the wingnuts (I'm assuming that liberal is a slur much like wingnut). It seems like the approach to legislation is a bit different.
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    Posted 10-13-2013 at 07:18 PM by xan xan is offline
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    Sanity Zone 10-2-2013 Shut Down and Loving it.

    Forward Progressives

    “Boehner not letting the House vote on the Senate’s resolution is why the government’s shut down, not because the people have rejected anything.”

    Boehner responded by saying, “There aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s resolution.” The person then asked Boehner to prove it, to which Boehner replied, “No.
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    Posted 10-13-2013 at 12:57 AM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    Being held hostage again.

    The Republicans COULD have declared that:
    1. Until all abortions cease in the US they are going to de-fund the government, or
    2. Until the rich pay no taxes at all, or
    3. Until all the SEC's policing of Wall Street ceases or
    4. Until we crown Donald F**king Trump as King -- no money for running the government.

    You see? THE REASON IS 100% IRRELEVANT.

    Funding the government IS NOT A MATTER FOR DEBATE. And, my assertion of that fact comes not from the news media -- but from the Constitution that you say you hold so dear, Oak. Our Constitution says that we will have a government. Period, end of the argument.

    Oak, your argument on this subject is specious.
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    Posted 10-12-2013 at 11:37 PM by WHODATINCA WHODATINCA is offline
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    The Road Gets Tougher

    RUSHING GAME

    As i am new to this web site, I have sat back and followed the chat since I have joined and i must say that it is refreshing to read the comments from so many obviouse knowlegable fans who follow the team as intensly as myself,.
    I believe that coach Payton has proven that the pass to our RB's out of the backfield or lined up outside is an ext. of our running game, it has been very effective as we seen last week with the screen pass to thomas for a TD. Although I would love to see more of a pounding rushing attack I havent been impressed so far this season, I hope we all agree on that,
    It's kinda depressing that Ingram hasnt been more effective considering what we gave to get him in the draft, I have heard rumors that there is talk of dealing him at the conclusion of this season, has anybody heard the same talk? or is it just talk up here in north La.
    I do believe the rushing game has more to do with the offensive line than our running backs because it seems that we do not have success with running the ball no matter who the RB is. Besides Drew is taking more hits this year than he has in the previous years,
    Ofcourse this is just one Saint fans opinion...
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